10 Tips To Get Your Resume Noticed
You have done your research and found your job of choice. Now you need to submit a stellar resume that advertises who you are and captures the attention of the employer. Your resume is your primary foot in the door and will be the first impression. Time to make it shine. – Sarah
Here are 10 tips to get your resume noticed.
1. Formatting. Submit a resume that looks good and sharp. Use an easy-to-read font. Include sections that are bolded or italicized to differentiate and help guide the reader.
2. Punctuation and Grammar. Spell-check and proof-read all your work. A spelling error will cause your resume to appear careless and sloppy.
3. Clear and Concise. Resumes should be an average of one to two pages. Present the most important information at the top. Keep your information short and to the point. Many resumes are instantly skimmed through before they are read in detail.
4. Customization. Resumes are not one-size-fits-all. Each company is unique and different. Therefore, the resume you submit should reflect what the company is looking for and be job-specific.
5. Objective. Provide a customized objective based on the job you are applying for. Keep this in line with the culture of the company. The more specific you are in your objective to the job, the better chance you have of attracting the attention of the employer.
6. Highlight Accomplishments. Adjust your accomplishments based on the job description to highlight what is most relevant to the job. Place these towards the top of the resume.
7. Use the Right Wording. Use power words and action verbs that show what you have done. This can also insinuate what you can do for the company you are applying to. Some examples are: advanced, accelerated, benefited, collaborated, designed, demonstrated, excelled, exceeded, fulfilled, generated, implemented, increased, initiated, influenced, innovated, mentored, negotiated, promoted, programmed, qualified, refined, supported, secured, streamlined, strengthened, triumphed, troubleshot, taught, tutored, unified, upgraded, and validated.
8. Correct Contact Information. Having the right contact information is imperative to getting a response. The resume should have your full name, phone number, email address, and mailing address.
9. Follow Directions. When sending in your resume, make sure to follow directions on how to submit the resume. If the employer wants a cover letter and resume, include both. Or the employer may request a specific file such as word or PDF. Following directions is the first step to demonstrating your competency.
10. Correct Labeling. Label the file accordingly so the employer knows the resume belongs to you. Unless the employer requests a specific label to name the file, include your full name. Example: Resume_LastName_First_Name.
You are set to submit your resume. After you submit it, you can always follow-up after a week if you haven’t heard from the employer with a professional, positive email. Simply state the specific reason for following up including the position you applied to on the specific date and your genuine interest in working for the company. Short and sweet can take you far.
Sarah Koszyk is the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and recipe blog where she also conducts cooking videos with kids and provides families with healthy living tips. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or LinkedIn. Sarah is also in charge of hiring employees and contractors.